A vote to permit the ordination of homosexuals in committed monogamous relationships for the United States Largest Lutheran denomination may provoke a rift among it’s leaders and members. The 559-451 vote August 21 during the Evangelical Lutheran church in America’s biennial churchwide assembly in Minneapolis approved a resolution to allow gays in “publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships” to serve as clergy.
The denomination had previously permitted celibate gay men and women to be ordained.
The churchwide assembly is the chief governing authority of the denomination.
However, some clergy has said they would leave or reconsider their membership.
Leaders from about 400 Lutheran congregations have planned a meeting for September in Indianapolis on how to deal with the situation, but without breaking with the church.
I don’t think that the Catholic church and the Lutheran church are on the same level as one has said here on these forums. Seems there is more trouble brewing within these denominations than ever before.